So, let’s just be real here. I used to love junk food. Anything from sweets (which were my favorite), to chips, to fast food. You name it, if it was junk, it was so tempting to me. (and still can be) I have said before that I have always struggled with weight. What I have not mentioned before was that I was teased as a kid. I remember being called a “fat bat” among other mean names. In high school, I lost a lot of weight and managed to keep it off until around my sophomore year of college. I started taking birth control at 18 and was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at age 20. I went up 20 pounds with using birth control and another 40 when diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Before I knew it I was my highest weight. I started working out in the gym and for the life of me, could not lose a pound. I would get discouraged and not exercise for a couple weeks then get back into it to not lose a pound. I thought I was doing okay with food and at that time did not realize the changes I needed to make. I did not start losing weight until I started as a coach with Beachbody and started the 21 Day Fix and Shakeology. The program came with an eating plan and color containers for food. I started following the plan and before I knew it lost 6 pounds.
I know I am not the only person to struggle with this and with food choices. I found a blog on Team Beachbody and for the first I now understand why get addicted to junk food. Here is a copy and paste from: http://www.teambeachbody.com/teambeachbodyblog/nutrition/confessions-junk-food-junkie-6-tricks-kick-habit
Why we’re hooked on garbage
It’s safe to say that junk food addiction is a very real thing. The first place to look for proof is the ever-mounting pile of scientific evidence, including a study out of Sweden showing that the hormone ghrelin, which activates the brain’s reward system and increases appetite, reacts similarly to sugar and alcohol.
Then there are the increasingly decadent foods we have 24-hour access to. In his book The End of Overeating, Dr. David Kessler theorizes that manufacturers have, over the years, engineered the balance of fat, sugar, and salt in junk food to the point of making it irresistible. He refers to our gluttonous response to this crackified food as “conditioned hypereating.”
Most of this current thinking revolves around physiological factors, such as the fact our brains are hardwired to seek out highly caloric foods as a “feast or famine” instinct left over from caveman days. Unfortunately, human beings are slightly more complex than our primitive ancestors. By adulthood, most of us are a hodgepodge of neuroses and psychoses for whom a Twinkie has become a security blanket, so this urge to splurge will never completely vanish. Sure, you can retrain your body to crave healthy food, but your psyche may never stop seeking validation, Hostess style.
The good news is that our bodies can be trained to beat these cravings. Now, I am not saying it will be easy, but with determination is can be done. Here are some steps you can take: 1. Clean out all of the junk food out of your home. If you have healthy choices to choose from that is what you will reach for. 2. Eat 80% clean. If your diet is super tight, enjoy a treat once a week. Want that slice of pizza on a Friday night? Eat it of you worked for it. 3. Make a comforting ritual out of eating healthy. Unhealthy eating is more of a ritual. Do you drink a beer every night with dinner? Replace that with a water. 4. Carry healthy foods with you at all times. Throw an apple or raw nuts in your bag. When you are tempted to reach for a candy bar, grab your apple instead. 5. Discover yummy fruits and veggies. Don’t like brussel sprouts, try avocado. 6. Binge on healthy foods. Raw veggies anyone?
I hope this was helpful. Oh, and hey, put down those chips before I smack them out of your hand…